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DCYA Funding Schemes

DCYA funded schemes

There are three Government funded childcare support schemes in operation. Childcare services enter into a contract with the Department of Children and Youth Affairs to receive funding to deliver childcare through the support schemes. Parents apply through the Childcare service of their choice to access one of the support schemes. It is recommended that you refer to ‘A Parent’s Guide to the National Childcare Funding Programmes 2018/2019 for details on all schemes.

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This document is intended as a brief guide for parents in relation to the operation of the Free Pre-School Year in Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) programme.

ECCE guide for Parents


1. Early Childhood Care & Education (ECCE) Scheme

The ECCE scheme provides a free pre-school year in a childcare service in the year before children start primary school. The scheme is universal and is open to all parents regardless of income.  To calculate if your child is eligible please refer to the ECCC calculator on this website.

2. Childcare Subvention scheme (CCS)

The Community Childcare Subvention Scheme is a support programme for community based childcare services to provide quality childcare services at a reduced rate to parents. It is a programme which enables Community Childcare Services to give parents in receipt of certain social welfare payments (the majority of which are covered under the CCS Programme), Family Income Supplement, and holders of medical cards and GP visit cards, a reduction in their childcare fees.

3. Training and Employment Childcare (TEC) Programmes

What is TEC?

The TEC Programme consists of :

  • The Childcare Education and Training Support Programme (CETS)
  • The After-school Childcare Programme (ASCC)
  • The Community Employment Childcare Programme (CEC)

Pobal Compliance Visits to Childcare Services:

Each service approved for the Early Childhood Care and Education scheme (ECCE) and Childcare Education Training Programme is subject to an on-site compliance visit by Pobal to ensure that the conditions of the programme are being complied with as detailed in the grant funding agreement.

Compliance visits

Pobal Compliance Visit Information